The self titled collection along with Shadowland: Power Man and Shadowland: Blood on the Streets have two things in common. One, they deal with the fall-out of the blind vigilante, Daredevil, joining up with the Hand ninja clan to take over part of Manhattan and how NYC heroes deal with the situation. Two, they suck.
Category Archive: Comic Review
Oct 01 2013
Sep 25 2013
I am impressed. Take a title I never gave two figs about and pact it full of characters I don’t think most people ever heard of and the end result is a well written tale of rounded characters and a rather clever plot. I so enjoyed this comic that I’m sure was canceled.
Sep 21 2013
First off: This title has been around for over 150 issues?! Ok, so I’m not going to say that this is a great comic. It doesn’t have character depth and the plot is rather straightforward: mostly C/D list bad guys in a rehab program wherein they fight other bad guys without a larger arc; however, I REALLY enjoyed it. There was something just fun about seeing guys like Juggernaut and Man-Thing take on monsters, and the slight Mignola-ish style of the art (by Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey) works well with it (note: they still make their women typical of the supermodel body type, so maybe you will find that a plus too).
Sep 18 2013
Neat idea: plague gets rid of everyone over the age of twelve and an intrepid girl uses her head to save herself, her brother, and her community from starvation and gangs. With all that going on I would think you wouldn’t just want to slap the whole thing together leaving the reading a little flat. So much could have been done and, hey, the original book might just do them.
Sep 12 2013
I grabbed this when I saw it as I have been waiting some time to continue reading Shanower’s epic tale of the Epic tale of the Trojan war (this one, however, based on as much history and mythology as he can find, rather than just one realm or the other). Immediately, I realized that I must never have read part A as I had no memory of the events at all. Still, that could simply be due to the passage of over 5 years as I apparently reviewed it here. Shanower’s work is very well research and has quite the cast of characters, but these positive elements also are its drawbacks. For example, the armor drawn is not what I expect to see and while he is probably correct in his depictions, it always throws me. Furthermore the number of characters you have to remember (and remember their father’s names too as they are often called “son of X” and while yes that is simply like a last name, I often don’t remember my own friends’ last names) is extensive. This collection focused mainly on Troilus and Cressida, which helped some except for the fact that it seemed to end rather abruptly and, honestly, I didn’t find it very interesting. When you have to wait significantly longer than the actual Trojan war to read about the Trojan war, you are going to have some problems.
Sep 11 2013
I both saw this cartoon series as a kid and read most of the comics (which often has advantages over the original show). It’s always interesting to slowly remember scenes and events you had forgotten. The story is set in the “future” (now our actual past) where an unmanned spaceship has crashed on earth leading to a unified humanity prepping for an alien invasion. Sure enough it happens and they are giant humans. Much of the series suffers from the typical problems of early anime: lots of sophomoric writing, girls are icky plots, implied pedophilia, cheesy music, leaps in events that are sloppily put together, and lots of lost opportunities to have actually in-depth characters. Hmmm, perhaps these problems aren’t so limited to early anime. If you are able to put the flaws aside, you can recognize some absolutely groundbreaking work. The cartoon deals with the horrors of war, the problems of reintegrating soldiers into society, depression, alcoholism, unrequited love, dealing with death, military and political machinations and “acceptable” loses, and much more. Additionally, the Robotech series continues over generations so the fallout from events aren’t simply tucked away and ignored.
Sep 04 2013
The Emperor of Ice Cream by Wallace Stevens – illustrated by Mark Lerer & The Little General on Facebook – Mark Lerer
I picked up this two mini comics/zines/or whatever you wish to label them as from a zine fest a couple of weeks ago and wanted to give them mention. Lerer takes a Stevens poem and supplements it, sometimes with funny and/or incongruent, images that are beautifully and lovingly crafted and colored. (Sadly, I know/care nothing about Stevens.) The Little General is Lerer’s comic about, well, a general who is a baby, and Lerer has been occasionally posting him on FB, usually in relation to some events. The problem here is that Lerer has cut out the context of the works, just having a floating baby in a general’s hat with very little around him. I recognize, for example, some lines in the background of one of the comics as being pyramids for when Lerer had the Little General involved in al-Sisi’s coup, but without such complete images the comic itself has little to no meaning. Lerer is creative and a wonderful illustrator and colorist, but he needs to work on the presentation. His books should have prices, info about him and the work, and mentions about other things he’s created if he wants his work to get the recognition they deserve. I would suggest that he teams up with a writer to give him a foundation for things he can use his artistic skills for.
Sep 02 2013
You probably seen the movie by now, but first it was a comic. Considering the cover has two white guys on it indicates that it may be at least slightly different from the film. In any event, two guys rob a bank, only to discover that they are both undercover government agents and that the robbery is the least of their problems. If they want to have a chance to get out of their situations alive they have to work together and unravel the conspiratorial web they are stuck in. It isn’t a bad comic although I felt there were some leaps of internal logic (either you’re a great shot or you can’t hit the guy standing in front of you, pick one) and very little emotional resonance and can totally understand why such a fast paced, action-mystery would make it to the big screen.
Sep 02 2013
It’s Labor Day, so naturally I’m reading comics. I really enjoyed the first volume of Lobster Johnson, and thought it was a one time deal, so naturally I was happy to see this collection. Tonci Zonjic’s art is very nice as it has a simple noir feel to it that works very well here and the plot in general is also nice as it combines mobsters with the supernatural. However, it appears that Mignola and Arcudi are trying to lay the groundwork for a Lobster Johnson mythology through an array of characters, and this simply doesn’t work as the characters are all completely superficial (including our hero) leaving us with nothing to gravitate to. Better to build such background over time. As is this collection is weak as it is merely set up for the next trade.
Aug 30 2013
How could such a perfect comic go so wrong!? Seven British lunatics are recruited to go behind enemy lines and figure out a way of assassinating Hitler. Great, right? And it starts off that way, and then the whole thing just falls apart. I’m convinced the author either started with this awesome plot and then completely ran out of ideas once the group was assembled, and/or the comic was canceled and he had to wrap the whole thing up in like two issues.
Aug 25 2013
That’s probably not his real name, but he’s a nice enough guy for a person who writes and draws a rather cutesy comic about movie homicidal maniacs and the drudgery of their lives (having to clock in to work, fill out forms of how many people you murdered, blah, blah, the usual). I liked it lots. Check it here.
Aug 24 2013
Don’t let the title fool you into thinking that Marvel comics is presenting some comics about their female characters as well rounded, there is plenty of titillation as the exploding cleavages on the cover suggest. For the most part, the stories weren’t too bad, I’ll give you that; there just wasn’t anything really thrilling, and when you have stories about chick Galactus, girl Deadpool, and who the F turned Spitfire into a vampire?! you’re just bringing down the average.
Aug 22 2013
Brown gives us a comic strip about a group of characters in the Arctic circle (including a polar bear, walrus, penguin (yes, we know, but he’s also a wanna be rapper so don’t worry about it), and an Esquimaux (who seems to be a racist stereotype of a Chinese person)) and their musings and interactions. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of this work and that’s too bad as I believe it has many good qualities: an interesting setting, a far too introspective bear, and a dopy walrus, yet it lacks direction or larger purpose and I think that holds it back.
Aug 20 2013
This could have been good. Take the reclusive villain of the Sherlock Holmes saga and have him attempt to uncover a diabolical plot that only a master criminal like himself could unravel. Now stick in a sexy female ninja and lots of unnecessary ass kicking and you’ve just ruined a good comic. I should have realized I was headed for disappointment as Corey’s introduction, which pretends to be a newspaper article from 1914, is full of anachronisms.
Aug 14 2013
Secret Warriors (vol 1-6): Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing; God of Fear, God of War; Wake The Beast; Last Ride of the Howling Commandos; Night; Wheels Within Wheels – Jonathan Hickman
There were few comics that I so eagerly awaited the next issue of as this title. I was fascinated by the idea that SHIELD, the global, security/spy agency that is run by Nick Fury, has been infiltrated by the enemy–well, let’s just say more than infiltrated. Fury has to assemble some old friends and a group of off the radar super heroes in order to outmaneuver those that had outmaneuver him to begin with. There is plenty of action, poignent moments, intrigue, back stabbing, and excitement in this comic to thrill; however, I found that there was too much that I felt I had to know prior to reading this (eg Zodiac, various Hydra offshoots, etc). In the end, the lack of 100% knowledge of all the players and too many quadruple agents took away from the enjoyment of the work.
Aug 07 2013
I enjoyed this little collection of what I assume is the short lived series about a young pianist in the early part of the twentieth century who falls into various political and supernatural happenings. I think the trouble is that Geary is known for his historical comics and, while this has strong historical foundations, these stories are really tall tales, ostracizing his fan base without bringing in new readers.
Aug 05 2013
This is a cute, self publish comic of single panel gags featuring a good natured pastor, his wild granddaughter, and the troublemaking young Timmy. While this might not be the greatest comic ever, I fail to see how it isn’t as good as many of the family friendly comics in newspaper syndication today. I would actually encourage Nelson to think about expanding occasionally to 3-4 panels as his characters are all clear in their archetypes but don’t have true depth. This is not a bad thing; many authors couldn’t get an archetype across if their life depended on it and since Nelson has such an easy time of it, he should think about adding to it.
Aug 03 2013
The dead rise and the Green Lantern corps and, well, every Lantern corps plus those we never heard of, get together to stop this new, very uninteresting and poorly written threat paradoxically blotted with dialogue and overly reliant of fight scenes at the same time.
Aug 01 2013
Vampires are just another mob family in Miami, and Chaykin does have moments where the brutality of soulless, undead, supernaturally powerful beings really shines in his mystery tale of treachery, even if it falls short in the final analysis. There is also a short sequel but it is total crap wherein the characters just don’t make any sense.
Jul 25 2013
Johns re-tells the origin Hal Jordan, the air force pilot turned super-hero due to receiving a ring that can create anything out of a green light force generated by pure willpower. There really isn’t too much new or groundbreaking here; we learn about some characters that didn’t originally exist, modify others, and explain why a man who can fly through space on his own needs a spaceship (apparently that last part was really bugging GL fans for decades). Good for those unfamiliar with the characters.